KEYS TO FAMILY DOMINION (4)
So far, we have examined the possibility of family dominion. I started by explaining how obedience to God’s Word will enable you to have dominion, how you can live peacefully with your family members, how you can enjoy rest in your family and how your choice of family friends can either make or mar your family.
It is my prayer that having sensitively gone through these teachings, you shall begin to experience all-round dominion in your family, in Jesus’ name!
This week, I will be sharing with you on The Secret for Family Dominion.
As a born again child of God, enjoying dominion in your family is your birthright (Genesis 1:26). It is God’s will and desire for you to enjoy an exciting marriage, home, life and family.
As the Author and Creator of marriage, God was practically involved in instituting it (Genesis 2:18, 21-22). Personally, He took His time in fashioning the woman and delivered her to her husband. This implies that marriage and family are God’s idea.
Therefore, to enjoy God’s best in your family, you must make Him the centre of your home. You must be ready to give Him priority place, recognising Him as the foundation for a successful home and family.
Countless people are having a near death experience in their family life. Some have many wives and are still dissatisfied. Others are separated, while some live as ‘cat and mouse’, wishing that someone would deliver them from it. Despite all these, there are some who are enjoying family life and making a success of it. This is not just by luck; you have to programme yourself for it.
Your family needs the help of God from troubles, woes and calamities that befall families in our world today. Man is still looking everywhere in search of lasting solutions to the problems encountered in marriage and family.
When you make God first place in your family, He helps you to fulfil your heart desires; no matter the level of problems you have experienced. God’s help is all you need (Psalm 60:11).
The problem with many couples is that they push God aside and expect to enjoy divine benefits. They ignore the Word of God, which I call the “manufacturer’s manual”, and expect the product (marriage) to function perfectly. That is impossible!
The Bible says: If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3). God is the foundation for successful family life. When the foundation is faulty, no matter how righteous you may be, your home cannot stand.
To give God priority place in your family, it begins with your personal relationship with Him, through Jesus Christ. The presence of God manifests in your home when you are a child of God.
God upholds ALL things by His Word (Hebrews 1:3); once His Word is given its rightful place in your family, it will build a sure foundation which must stand! The more of God you have, the more peace, joy, happiness and sweetness you enjoy in your family.
Your desire for a successful family life must motivate you to make God first and not second. This is not only for the head of the family but for every other member of the family. Get committed to God, the course of His Kingdom, His Word and His work.
Nothing and nobody should take the place of God in your life, not even your spouse or even your children. This is because if that happens, you will be placing your priorities wrongly.
For instance, I know my husband loves me so much and I hear him tell me almost every day that he loves me, but I have never wished or secretly desired to take the place of God in his heart. He knows I also love him, but he also knows that the love of God takes number one place in my life, followed by his own.
There are some parents, whose children are like gods to them. Your children are gifts from God to you; don’t put them in the place of your God. Years back, each time my parents were praying, they were always referring to us (children) as the gift that God has given to them. Then, I didn’t understand but now, I understand better.
However, you must understand that the first step to take in order to give God and His Word priority place in your family and receive an ability to keep at it, is to give your life to God through His Son, Jesus Christ. If you desire this new birth experience, please say this prayer of faith: Dear Lord, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Now I know I am born again!
Congratulations! Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org or 08141320204, 07026385437.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).